Sarri: We must thank Ronaldo for his sacrifice of playing


Many media outlets falsely reported that Cristiano Ronaldo had a falling out with Mauricio Sarri as the manager substituted him with Paulo Dybala in the 55th minute of the match against Milan. Noise surrounded the regular sub as CR7 went straight into the locker room, and not to the bench. But the clear truth is that the 34-year-old is suffering from a light injury and went to the dressing room to work on his recovery immediately.

Recently, Sarri said Ronaldo is struggling with a recurring knee injury, which is causing him to change his posture and running style, over-compensating and putting extra pressure on the thigh muscles.

"We must thank Ronaldo, because he made a sacrifice to be there at all tonight in a difficult situation. He did everything possible to play, but I saw he was not well and thought it best to take him off," Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

Ronaldo wasn't happy with the substitution but in no way showed that he was unhappy with Sarri.

"It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated to leave the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there. Over the last month, he has had this little knee problem, he had a knock in training and it hurt the collateral ligament. When he trains at high intensity or plays, it unbalances him, so he ends up overcompensating and it damages the calf and thigh muscles." said Sarri.

Ronaldo had also been substituted against Lokomotiv Moscow midweek, and his performances are lacking in the usual metrics he provides - goals.

"It is affecting his performances and he is not at his best at the moment. All players who are trying to give their best will have at least five minutes of being annoyed when they are substituted, but a coach would, in general, be much more worried if he didn’t seem upset."


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